Katherine Ryan responds after Slowthai incident at NME Awards

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Katherine Ryan has reassured fans that she did not feel "uncomfortable" after an on-stage confrontation with rapper Slowthai at the NME Awards.

The awards, which took place in London last night (February 12), saw Slowthai pull presenter Katherine towards him, before asking her to smell his cologne.

"Babygirl, I don't want to have to do this to you right now, but everybody, she needs to understand the levels right now," he said, addressing the crowd.

As he walked off stage, the rapper – whose real name is Tyron Kaymone Frampton – told the comedian: "If you want to do something, see me later."

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Later on, Slowthai was filmed telling the audience, "She wants me to tend to her flowers," to which Katherine sarcastically replied: "You are, like, the hottest guy I've ever seen."

Responding to fans' concern after the event, Katherine said that Slowthai "didn't make [her] uncomfortable". "This is why we need women in positions of power," she wrote on Twitter.

"I knew he had lost from the moment he opened his mouth like any heckler coming up against a COMIC - not a woman - a COMIC. I was operating 2/10. What a sweet boy. I defused it. Tonight was fun!"

It was a mixed night for Slowthai, who was later heckled by members of the audience when he returned to the stage to collect the award for Hero of the Year. "NME, thank you," he said, before accusing the crowd of "ruining" his speech and throwing his microphone.

Footage on social media reveals that his microphone and a drink were thrown back on stage, leading Slowthai to jump into the audience. The 25-year-old was restrained by security.

According to the BBC, Metropolitan Police has since confirmed that no complaints about the incident have been made and the police were not called to attend the event.

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